In this six track EP, hxw hxw paints landscapes depicting the tortured spectrum of a broken mind, from aggression to indifference to loneliness to anxiety, entirely created using manipulated samples from anime.
Musique-concrete party crashers hxw hxw round off their ‘narcissus…’ era with a full-length remix album. This LP compiles all previous b-sides alongside several new tracks, including ‘lullaby of the portcullis’, an 8 minute monster comprised only of samples of video game deaths.
hxw hxw is an experimental, conceptual project that takes its name from the Greek nymph Ekho, who could only being able to repeat words spoken to her, her own voice stolen away in a curse.
Created only using audio samples gleaned from entertainment media such as film, television, and video games, narcissus stripped bare by our own eyes, even questions the vanity of a consumerist lifestyle on which we are growing ever more dependant. Appropriating the mythological Narcissus as an extended metaphor for a self-referential escapist society, hxw hxw also challenges the onanistic practices of art itself and its legitimacy in the contemporary world.
After years of silently releasing material without so much as a whisper, the mysterious hxw hxw (romanised from the Ancient Greek, meaning ‘echo echo’) brings us its first single ‘a body of water is a kind of mirror, i suppose’. These two songs have been remixed specifically for this release using elements taken from the upcoming album ‘narcissus stripped bare by his own eyes, even’.
Every milestone is just as important as the last, no mountain is too high to climb. For this, our 150th release on the label, we present to you a new compilation featuring 12 exclusive new songs and mixes from our artists, including 3dtorus, Antti Tammimaa, echosonic, Heskin Radiophonic, hxw hxw, Katarrhaktes, Quiggers, and we are not broken. Here’s to 150 more to come! Cheers!
Welcome, welcome to our underground house of horrors, where blob monsters reign supreme and electrically-charged foetuses* crawl from their jars. Where skeletons jangle their bones and- who are we kidding? Heck, it’s just another Fwonk* demo album. Disappointed yet? Don’t be, because this is the cream of the crop. The best artists, the finest tracks, the illest beats, and ambiences that put ASMR youtube videos to shame. So what are you waiting for? Download now!
*album does not actually come with foetus
Artwork, sequencing, and curation by Katarrhaktes.
Taking inspiration from hundreds of years of classical music, a select cadre of Fwonk* alumni offer their interpretations and versions of the genre. Tackling Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky – as well as lesser-known composers like Thomas Tallis, Pietro Masagni and Josquin de Prez – are Fwonk* artists echosonic, katarrhaktes, Eivind Fivelsdal, Heskin Radiophonic, Per Byhring, Fudgedubnofunk and Dr Nemmo.
When at the beach on a glorious Summer’s day, the lovely lads and ladies at the fantastic Fwonk* studios promise they will never wear those sweaty speedos you most earnestly wish you hadn’t bought them for Christmas in jest. Nor will they torture you with terror-inducing spray-on tan lines or sandy crotch-paunches. Nope. Not now. Not ever. Our hands may be behind our backs, but that doesn’t mean our fingers are crossed.
Compiled, mastered and designed by Katarrhaktes.